LINGUIST List 32.3089

Thu Sep 30 2021

Jobs: Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language: PhD Candidate in Philosophy of Language and Experimental Linguistics, Radboud Universiteit

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 28-Sep-2021
From: CM <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language: PhD Candidate in Philosophy of Language and Experimental Linguistics, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, Netherlands
E-mail this message to a friend

University or Organization: Radboud Universiteit
Job Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Web Address:
Job Title: PhD Candidate in Philosophy of Language and Experimental Linguistics

Job Rank: Other; PhD Candidate

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language


***This position has been filled***

Are you fascinated by how we use language? Then join this new research project as a PhD Candidate. You will aim to understand commitments in communication, combining linguistic experiments with theoretical discourse analysis.

By speaking we undertake commitments, obligations to others to act in certain ways. We do this both by performing speech acts and by choosing certain vocabulary. Within linguistics the notion of commitments has popped up in accounts of a wide range of phenomena (ranging from promises to rising declaratives, and from evidentiality markers to transparent free relatives). In our society, issues about commitment come up in the media and even in court rooms.

Despite the central place of commitment in both our language make-up and our society, a true understanding of how we undertake, attribute and avoid commitments through language use is lacking. This understanding is what this project aims to contribute to.

You will perform a series of experiments in which we measure the commitments that discourse participants undertake, as interpreted by the participants of the experiment. We measure this through both explicit and implicit judgments. For the latter, we use inter alia physiological measures such as fEMG. Combined with theoretical discourse analysis (as done in the fields of semantics, pragmatics, philosophy of language, conversational analysis and dialogue modelling), the series of experiments will result in four journal papers, to be integrated into a dissertation.

Teaching related tasks may be part of your responsibilities, constituting up to 10% of your appointment.

- You have an MA or MSc in philosophy, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, psychology or a related field.
- You have proven affinity with philosophy of language and/or linguistics.
- You are proficient in English.
- You are highly motivated to conduct interdisciplinary research and to present your work to different kinds of audiences.
- You have good collaborative and communication skills.
- You are committed to open science and scientific integrity.
- Proven affinity with experimental research with human participants and experience with quantitative data analysis techniques would be a plus.
- Given that the experiments will probably be run in Dutch, proficiency in Dutch would be a plus.
For more information about your working environment see and

We offer:
- Employment for 0.8 (5 year contract) - 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
- The gross starting salary amounts to €2,434 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,111 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P)
- You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
- You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).

For questions about the position and project, please contact Corien Bary, Professor Logical Semantics at the email address below.

Practical information and applications:
You can apply until 16 November 2021, exclusively using the application button via the URL below. Kindly address your application to Corien Bary. Please fill in the application button and attach the following documents:
- Letter of motivation.
- CV including contact details of two references.
- An academic transcript with courses taken and grades obtained.
- A sample of your written work (or a link to it).

Application Deadline: 16-Nov-2021

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Corien Bary

Page Updated: 30-Sep-2021